COVID-19 drive-thru testing begins at Rochester General Hospital

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — A drive-thru testing site is set up for local concerns of the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.

People worried that they may be infected can drive up to the site at the Wilson Center Urgent Care on Rochester General Hospital’s campus. From there, a health official will ask a series of questions about symptons to determine if the person is qualified for a test.

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If so, a swab will go into the nose and then it is sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to test.

Priority will be given those experiencing symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. Also given priority will be the elderly, people who are seriously ill, healthcare workers and first responders. 

Monroe County announced on Tuesday that the region had its first death from the virus. There are now 14 confirmed cases locally. of the 14, three are considered new as of Tuesday and five have been hospitalized. Officials said there are 79 people under mandatory quarantine locally.

According to Rochester Regional Health, testing upon request is not available at this time and must be with a referral from their primary healthcare provider. Those who are deemed not to need testing will be instructed according to their clinical needs. 

The drive-thru testing starts at 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

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